Town gets ready to launch Christmas festivities at annual Victorian Day

November 09 2016

CHIPPING Sodbury’s annual Victorian Day is being moved from its traditional Friday to a Saturday this year in the hope of attracting more visitors.

CHIPPING Sodbury’s annual Victorian Day is being moved from its traditional Friday to a Saturday this year in the hope of attracting more visitors.
Organisers said many people were unable to enjoy the daytime events on a Friday, while a number of families found it hard to get along in the evening after finishing work.
In recent years, fewer shops also stayed open late, while work commitments meant some volunteers could not do as much on a Friday as they would like.
Now the event’s new place in the festive calendar means the town will be buzzing for its official start to Christmas activities on Saturday, December 3.
Town councillor Juan Nuevo, who has been involved with the Victorian Day committee for the past five years, said it was his favourite event of the year and he thanked all the volunteers that made it possible.
He said: “They do a fantastic job and I’m proud to be part of the team.”
He said some of the volunteers were involved year after year, doing hours of work behind the scenes, attending late night meetings, making an early start on the day itself and taking everything down once everyone else had gone home.
This year’s day will again feature side shows, a helter-skelter, big wheel, steam engines and fairground organs, a visit by Father Christmas and real snow.
People will be dressed in period costume and High Street and Broad Street will be closed to traffic in the evening to give more room to the crowds.
Some of the live music will be provided by schoolchildren playing various instruments, choirs, jazz crooners and Josie and the Outlaws.
Organisers said no-one should go hungry either, with a range of locally produced food and drink on sale.